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A Blood Test That Screens for Multiple Cancers at Once Promises to Boost Early Detection
By Colin Pritchard Your Health

A Blood Test That Screens for Multiple Cancers at Once Promises to Boost Early Detection

Detecting cancer early before it spreads throughout the body can be lifesaving. This is why doctors recommend regular screening for several common cancer types, using a variety of methods. Colonoscopies, for example, screen for colon cancer, while mammograms screen for breast cancer. While important, getting all these tests done can be logistically challenging, expensive and […]

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An Expert Panel Has Recommended Against Taking Vitamin E or Beta Carotene Supplements for the Prevention of Cancer and Cardiovascular Disease – Here’s Why
By Katherine Basbaum Your Health

An Expert Panel Has Recommended Against Taking Vitamin E or Beta Carotene Supplements for the Prevention of Cancer and Cardiovascular Disease – Here’s Why

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued a recommendation statement in June 2022 on the use of over-the-counter vitamin supplements. Based on its independent panel of experts’ review of existing scientific evidence, the task force recommended against using beta carotene or vitamin E supplements for the prevention of cancer and cardiovascular disease, the two leading […]

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What Are HeLa Cells? A Cancer Biologist Explains
By Ivan Martinez Your Health

What Are HeLa Cells? A Cancer Biologist Explains

In an amazing twist of fate, the aggressive cervical cancer tumor that killed Henrietta Lacks, a 31-year old African American mother, became an essential tool that helped the biomedical field flourish in the 20th century. As a cancer researcher who uses HeLa cells in my everyday work, even I sometimes find it hard to believe. […]

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Nanoparticles Are the Future of Medicine – Researchers are Experimenting with New Ways to Design Tiny Particle Treatments for Cancer
By Duxin Sun Your Health

Nanoparticles Are the Future of Medicine – Researchers are Experimenting with New Ways to Design Tiny Particle Treatments for Cancer

When you hear the word “nanomedicine,” it might call to mind scenarios like those in the 1966 movie “Fantastic Voyage.” The film portrays a medical team shrunken down to ride a microscopic robotic ship through a man’s body to clear a blood clot in his brain. Nanomedicine has not reached that level of sophistication yet. […]

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Cancer: Getting In Shape Before Surgery Can Shorten Hospital Stays
By Thomas Keegan and Christopher Gaffney Your Health

Cancer: Getting In Shape Before Surgery Can Shorten Hospital Stays

Undergoing any type of surgery is tough on the body, and even more so if it’s for serious conditions, such as cancer. But getting in shape before surgery – known as prehabilitation – can significantly improve patients’ recovery, for example by reducing how long they need to stay in hospital afterwards. We conducted a review […]

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